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Death toll climbs to 30 in London Grenfell Tower fire

Freda Brock | 19 Июня, 2017, 13:44

The demands included the relocation of dislocated residents within the borough, which is one of the most affluent in London but also contains extensive areas of housing for people of modest means; the immediate release of financial aid for victims and their families who have lost their belongings; and a complete roster - or at least the number - of the residents in the tower.

Additional safety checks will be conducted on all 24 of Sheffield's council tower blocks, following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls A demonstrator reacts during a march in Westminster, following the fire that destroyed The Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017. The area surrounding the council-owned tower has been plastered by desperate relatives with pictures of missing people, from grandparents to young children, and large numbers of volunteers assisting the survivors.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents. The public is also demanding answers about how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that the recently-renovated building's exterior paneling fueled the flames.

"Whilst our teams have been from the bottom to the top of the tower, we must now carry out a full forensic and systematic search", he said.

"Sadly, at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in the Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing".

Opposition Labour Party lawmaker David Lammy said that the government and the police should immediately seize all documents relating to the building's renovation to prevent the destruction of evidence that could show criminal wrongdoing.

It came as local authority the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) said displaced survivors face being moved away from friends and family to other parts of London after the fire which left the tower uninhabitable.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy confirmed the new death toll as he spoke near the scene of the devastating blaze, warning that he expected the death toll to rise further.

He says tower residents who survived fear a cover-up will keep the truth from coming out.

"I'm not here to blame anyone, that's not my concern", she said.

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The prime minister was pictured through a long lens camera being briefed by senior figures of the emergency services visiting the site but not meeting any of the residents. "You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.

"Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough", she said.

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints, DNA samples, tattoos and scars to try and positively identify victims.

A solemn Queen Elizabeth II marked a minute of silence for victims of the London high-rise inferno at the start of a procession Saturday to mark her official birthday.

May has pledged to hold a public inquiry into the fire.

Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, 23, was also killed in the fire.

"This year, however, it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood".

Asked repeatedly whether she had misread the public mood, May did not answer directly but said the focus was on providing support to the victims. In recent years, London's skyrocketing home prices and housing shortage have left residents struggling.

Meanwhile, dozens of people erupted into Kensington and Chelsea town hall to protest the lack of response following the fire.

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